Once upon a time Des Horsfall had a Dream. A Dream about a Musical Key.
He foresaw his Rock and Roll Future, and his Inspiration was Ronnie Lane.
“The Good Gentleman’s Tonic”
Part 1 of a trilogy of albums dedicated to the music of Ronnie Lane and the band Slim Chance.
Valve Analogue Recordings VAR CD001
Distributed in the UK by Proper Music Distribution.
“First pass through ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’ made me grin like a fool, put a tear in my eye and even made the hair stand up on my arms. Nothing has touched my heart like this album. What was needed wasn’t someone who did a good imitation of Ronnie Lane, or was handy with a resonator- it’s the soul, the vibe, the spirit of the little bugger…and Des Horsfall has nailed it completely in this bunch of songs”.
Brian Robbins (Relix Magazine USA)
This is a killer record… KILLER! Pete Townshend
THE GOOD GENTLEMAN’S TONIC
Honouring the legend of Ronnie Lane, in the only way he knew how, Rustic Rock ‘n’ Roller Des Horsfall and his band Kuschty Rye embarked on a journey. It was a journey which resulted in the album ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic.’
Recorded at Valve Studios with rising-star producer Andy Bell, the record (in memory of the great Small Faces songsmith) takes in folk, country, blues, rock and pop influences. It is reminiscent of Ronnie Lane’s own post Faces work.
And to create a truly fitting tribute to the legend, Des enlisted the help of many of Ronnie’s contemporaries to fully evoke the feel of the Travelling Show.
The album has a laid back 1970s quality, so evident in Lane’s output from his Slim Chance period.
And ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’ is given a seal of authenticity by including guest appearances from original Slim Chance members Benny Gallagher, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson.
This forward looking, though often nostalgic record, is further enhanced by contributions from Spiral Earth Awards nominee Katriona Gilmore, top folk accordionist Hannah James and ace pedal steel player PJ Wright.
As a nod to the material on the debut Slim Chance record ‘Anymore For Anymore,’ Des has covered and kept faithful to Ronnie’s version of ‘Careless Love’ while totally reworking hit single ‘The Poacher’ to poigniantly end the record.
A very special feature of the record is the ‘Unwinese Mix,’ the story of the album’s inception narrated by Dr John Unwin. John is the son of the late great Professor Stanley Unwin who invented the Unwinese language to great effect in the Small Faces recording ‘Ogdens Nut Gone Flake’
The ‘Unwinese Mix’ tells the story of how Des re-discovered Ronnie Lane and, as if by magic, hit up on the idea to create his own travelling show.
‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’ is the first in a trilogy of Kuschty Rye albums mirroring Ronnie Lane’s three Slim Chance releases.